Fugue (After Trakl) – Cody Simpson

I hear a death rattle in the night.A soft moan in the distanceSuffuses the atmosphereWith longing. Passing cars playAn inhuman music, their howlsDrifting in from nearby highways,Dying notes on a harmonica.There is a perfect stillnessTo the land of motion, nothingStirring in the tall grasses.Tomorrow, they will be beatingThe war drums, a foreknowledgeOf the disaster moving […]

The ghosts are hungry – Robert Alan Rife

  The ghosts are hungry for more. But chiming bells overflow the glass and teeth chatter in the gray sun. There is music in the gravel tide, washing up like red medicine – bloodied capsules of cotton-talk, gauze-word, suture-see. It only gags the throat of a traffic laden wood. Clouds crippled by the old songs, […]

In Their Time #25 – Darren C Demaree

  The childrenare all blade-thin& that shouldserve them wellfor awhile. They’llhave to be thickto live long enoughto becomethe whole world,but for nowthey pop the locksof any doorthey wish to enter.  . . Demaree’s poems have appeared, or are scheduled to appear in numerous magazines/journals, including Diode, Meridian, New Letters, Diagram, and the Colorado Review. He […]

Subdivisions for the newly dead – Benjamin Blake

  This endless sprawl of stonesEach polished to perfectionSit behind towering black gatesGreek-pillared mausoleumsHouse mummified housewivesStagnant infinity pools overlookChoked deadened lawnsEven the dogs are deceasedCrawled under the digger’s shedTo die aloneFlowers cut, and dried a brittle brownFamily portraits faded from a scorched earth sunThere is little, or no, sustenance hereDelivered from sinInto the arms of […]

Survival of the Fittest – Howard Debs

  The aid which we feel impelled to give to the helpless is mainly an incidental result of theinstinct of sympathy. …………………………………………………………………..—Charles Darwin, The Descent of Man She is juststarting out in lifeshe is fed by amachine breatheswith the aid ofanother machinetake away themachines, she dies.She is on a bus drivingin darkness to reachWashington D.C.she […]